Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 August 2014 Events Newsletter 

Senior Authors Symposium

Wednesday, August 20 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Older adult authors from Rowan County will come together to display, sign and sell their books. A Panel Discussion at 2:00 pm will be held for those who wish to learn about the art of book writing and publishing from experienced authors. Oak Park Retirement Center will provide refreshments. Free admission and open to the general public.

"Principles & Priorities" Federal Budget Workshop with US Representative Virginia Foxx:

Monday, August 11 at 6:00pm. Join US Representative Virginia Foxx in a two-hour interactive exercise where participants learn about the difficulties of balancing the federal budget. Working in groups, attendees will be challenged to consider all the ramifications of decisions lawmakers face in attempting to reduce the national debt. The workshop is free and open to the general public. Call 336-778-0211, or email, to reserve a space or for more information.      

Bus Trip To Catawba Queen Cruise on Lake Norman

Thursday, August 28:Motor coach leaves the Senior Center at 9:30am for a short trip over to Queen's Landing just past Mooresville at Lake Norman where we will board the Catawba Queen. The cruise ship is a replica Mississippi Riverboat, and the 1 hour tour is narrated by an expert guide. Have fun just enjoying the scenery, having a tasty luncheon, and learning more about the homes of the rich and famous (like Michael Jordan) that border Lake Norman! Lunch includes a choice of sandwich which comes with pickles, potato chips, drink and a cookie.

After our cruise, there will be time to get an ice cream cone at Queen's Landing, or at our stop at Patterson's Farm on the way back. We may also stop briefly at another small country store.


There is not too much walking on this trip. Just on and off the boat, and in and out at a couple of small country stores. We'll be arriving back at the Senior Center about 3:00pm.


The cost is $45 per person which includes motor coach transportation and the 1 1/2-hour narrated luncheon cruise. (Please bring a $1.00 tip for the servers on the riverboat.) Interested older adults need to prepay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served. You can pick your seat assignment and make a luncheon choice at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket.Pay by credit card, check or cash.


Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of Salisbury.


Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Retirement Income Planning":

Monday, August 11 at 7:00pm. The first in our series of fall seminars for those considering retirement in the near future. "Retirement Income Planning" will be presented by Cathy Foster of Victory Wealth Management. The Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.

AARP Ice Cream Social 

Thursday, August 7 at 12:30pm. An open invitation is extended to local adults age 50+ to attend the regular monthly meeting of AARP Chapter #4314 which will include an old fashioned ice cream social. Free. Reservations are not required. Attendees are asked to bring school supplies for donating to needy children. Call 704-216-7714 for more information.

Movie of the Month

Wednesday, August 27 at 2:00pm. Come out and enjoy "Still Mine," with James Cromwell & Genevieve Bujold, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390)

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.


Computers for Newbies: Thursday-Friday, August 14-15 from 1:00-4:00 pm. This is a basic class for new students only. Do you have a computer sitting around waiting for you to start using? Maybe you need to take this class and become comfortable with your computer. We will learn to personalize your computer making it easier to use as well as jump onto the internet to do some exploring. If you have your own laptop, you may bring it to class. The fee is $20.


Exploring the Internet: Thursday, August 21 from 1:00-4:00 pm. In this class, we will get on the internet and explore some of the more popular sites. We will also review internet safety so you can enjoy your travels online. The fee is $10

Email Basics: Thursday, August 28 from 1:00-4:00 pm.  Whether you want to or not, you need to have an email address which you check on a regular basis. More and more, people use email to keep in touch with friends, share news, keep up with clubs, etc. We will help you set an email address as well as learn how to use your email. The fee is $10.


Outdoor Adventure Club Trip - Eagle Point Hike

Friday, August 8. Meet at Eagle Point Preserve at 9:00am. The Eagle Point trails are pleasant wooded trails, with no hills, but some tree roots to step over. There will be several walking options ranging from 1.5 to 3 miles. Participants should bring water, a snack, and insect repellant. After the hike, a short club meeting will be held, and nominations for Club Chairman will be accepted.   Directions to Eagle Point are available at the Center if needed.   Dress appropriately for the weather.     Participation is at your own risk.     New participants will need to sign a waiver form. To register for this activity call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the hike may be postponed.

Women's Health & Fitness Club

GROCERY STORE TOUR: Wednesday, August 6 from 2:00-3:30pm at Harris-Teeter. Grocery shopping can be a daunting task, but it doesn't need to be!  Take the stress away by meeting Lisa Westfall, Registered Dietician; and Val Velte, Wellness Nurse from Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, who will, aisle by aisle, help you to make better food choices. They will demonstrate how to read labels, introduce new ingredients, pick out healthy on-the-go options, and answer your food and nutrition questions along the way, as well as provide grocery shopping and meal planning tips.  Registration is not necessary. Meet at the store entrance of Harris Teeter near the produce section.   The program is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and Novant Health, and is open to interested women age fifty-five or older.  

Men's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00pm. This month's topic is "Ankle Weight Strength Training." Come and meet with Aquatic Director/Trainer, Joan Denaux, to go over exercises to strengthen your legs.  Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to men's health or fitness.  This program is sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and is open to all men 55 years of age or older. Pre-registration is not necessary.

On-Going Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.

Registration for "Living Healthy" Class

Put Life Back Into Your Life.   Are you an adult age 60 or older with an ongoing health condition? You'll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, the "Living Healthy"class can help you take charge of your life.         

The class will be held each Friday from 9:30am-noon for sixweeks beginning September 5. There is no charge for the workshop, but voluntary contributions are accepted. The sessions will be held at First Baptist Church at 223 North Fulton Street in Salisbury. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health-and your life. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to register, or for more information. Space is limited.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, August 6 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty-Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, August 4 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, August 4 at noon

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, August 7 at 10:00am

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, August 11 at 2:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, August 14 at 9:00am

Walkabouts - Thursday, August 14 at 1:00pm

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, August 14 at 6:30pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, August 18 at 10:00am

NARFE - Monday, August 18 at 1:00pm

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, August 19 at 11:30am

Carolina Artists - Thursday, August 21 at 7:00pm

Olde Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, August 25 at 6:30pm


Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Monthly Grief Support Group

Wednesday, August 6  at 9:00am. Grief support group sessions provide opportunities for people who have experienced the death of a loved one to meet others who are experiencing similar losses. Members come together to normalize and validate their experiences of grief, to find strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE.   Pre-registration is not required.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be available on the third Wednesday of each month  from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment. 

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That

Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 

SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, August 1 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio. 



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